House passes three-week government spending extension
Washington (CNN) — A three-week extension of government funding won approval Tuesday from the U.S. House, with Democratic support overcoming opposition by some conservative Republicans.
The 271-158 vote sends the measure to the Senate for consideration before the current government spending authorization expires Friday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Tuesday that he expected it to win approval this week to avert a government shutdown.
McConnell also said that negotiations have started between House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, on a compromise agreement to fund the government for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends September 30.
According to McConnell, the compromise would come up for consideration before the Easter recess in mid-April.
The White House welcomed Tuesday’s House vote and urged the Senate to also pass it to avoid shutdown and provide “some breathing room to find consensus” on funding for the rest of the fiscal year.